Have you ever heard that it's bad for birds to throw rice after a wedding ceremony? That the rice expands in their stomachs and they die a painful death? According to Truth or Fiction, it's a big ol' wedding legend, started in the 60s at the suggestion of advice maven Ann Landers. In reality throwing rice has been done for years — all over the world — as a symbol of fertility and good luck. The real hazard is the groom being blinded, or your great uncle slipping and falling on the errant bits of rice littering the walkway.
1. Classic Rice being thrown at a wedding in Florence, Italy, featured on Snippet & Ink.
2. Pom poms are a playful touch in this otherwise elegant ceremony on Style Me Pretty.
3. Incoming! Neon paper airplanes certainly pop against wedding white.
4. Offbeat Bride shared this photo of a flower-child fantastic bride under a stream of petals.
5. If the bride and groom are nostalgic for their rave days, there are always glow sticks. Via Ruffled.
(Images: as linked above)